WhatsApp Initiative Drives International Covid-19 Collaboration
Apr 27, 2020
A WhatsApp group intended for a handful of utilities to share learnings and experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic has quickly scaled to involve over 180 organisations. Isle founder and chairman Piers Clark started the social media chat group just over two weeks ago as the lockdown of populations meant utilities had to respond rapidly to multiple unprecedented challenges.
To help curate the rich stream of information the group was sharing, two colleagues were tasked with monitoring the WhatsApp group and extracting the key points to share in a weekly webinar. The Covid-19 Update, hosted by Piers Clark, takes place twice on Thursday to accommodate global time differences – at 7.30 and 16.30 BST.
“Last week as part of the weekly webinars we interviewed representatives from two Italian utilities who’ve clearly been at forefront of the European challenge. They spoke about what they’d done and there were unexpected positives, for example, leak detection becomes easier when streets are quieter. On a more serious note, utilities and municipalities are finding out whether their water safety plans are robust.”
Clark said issues on the technical side have been around contamination and reuse of personal protective equipment, asset management and the impact of changes in demand on models for water network management. Companies are also learning a lot about smarter working and the benefits of letting employees work from home.
“Covid-19 is affecting everyone, it’s a global pandemic, and if ever there was a time for collaboration, this is it. The ability to communicate between colleagues within utilities has always been quite good, but what we are seeing now is that walls between utilities have crumbled.”
Isle is an independent technology and innovation consultancy that brings together technical and commercial specialists to facilitate relationships. Our team are highly skilled engineers and scientists with extensive and diverse consulting expertise. Isle’s global sector knowledge is across water, waste, the built environment, energy and carbon. We use this valuable expertise to identify technology deal-flow, undertake due diligence, provide market intelligence, and work with investors.
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